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Las Vegas Tax Return Preparer Indicted

July 14, 2005

Las Vegas, Nev. - A woman who operated a tax preparation business from her Las Vegas home has been indicted by the Federal Grand Jury for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal income tax returns, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

SHARON W. CARTER, of Las Vegas, is charged with 34 felony counts of Preparing False Income Tax Returns. She faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each charge.

According to the court records, SHARON W. CARTER operated the tax preparation business in a residence located at 7412 West Dewey Drive, in Las Vegas. Between April 15, 2002, and April 15, 2005, CARTER allegedly prepared false and fraudulent tax returns for nine married couples and two individuals. The returns represented that the taxpayers were entitled to claim certain deductions, such as mortgage interest, charitable donations, real estate taxes, etc. and were entitled to a certain filing status, such as head of household, when the defendant knew the taxpayers were not entitled to said deductions and filing status.

CARTER was summoned to appear in court for an initial appearance and arraignment and plea on July 21, 2005, at 3:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen.

The case is being investigated by Special Agents of IRS Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Margaret M. Stanish.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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